Located ten minutes from Maine's rocky coast, the Bowdoin Outing Club is situated in an ideal setting for a sea kayaking program. Our mixture of tandem and solo boats are housed at Bethel Point, located in Quahog Bay, which extends into Casco Bay. In Casco Bay, there are over 700 hundred islands to explore that give us unlimited access to the unique coastal paddling experiences that are found only in Maine.
Each year, we run an average of 12 sea kayaking trips. Most are day-long paddles along the New Meadows River and throughout the islandsd of Casco Bay. Several trips are over nights in which we utilize the islands along the Maine Island Trail. These trips offer students and experience on the ocean where ospreys, seals and numerous other wildlife sightings abound. On the trips, our leaders teach stewardship and low-impact techniques, along with natural history. This is an unique opportunity that all students should take advantage of while at Bowdoin.
In the fall, as part of our leadership training program, we do a five day sea kayaking trip visiting areas like Stonington, Muscongus Bay and the western rivers. In the spring, we offer training for our leaders who wish to lead sea kayaking trips. The multi-week course involves training in navigation, equipment, group management, paddling techniques, rescues and culminates in a three day trip. These student leaders are then able to lead sea kayaking trips for the Outing Club.View Outing Club Calendar